No one should be left out on vaccination

Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian

KUCHING: The state government, with its expected vaccine rollout today, is working on the acceptance of the public towards vaccination.

Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) advisor Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian said those who are eligible for the vaccines must be inoculated to protect the community.

“As the Covid-19 vaccines arrive in Sarawak, we need to work on acceptance of every eligible Sarawakian so that we can achieve 70 percent of Sarawakians being vaccinated.

“This is essential for us to have herd immunity as soon as possible so that everyone in the community is protected.

“Unfortunately, for vaccination to work, can’t only protect individuals. It should be everyone in the community or none,” he said in a Facebook post.

Dr Sim said data from the Public Health England based in the United Kingdom (UK) had shown beyond doubt the benefits of vaccination.

“It had shown that Covid-19 infections, hospitalisations and deaths decreased by more than 70 percent after the first dose,” he said.

In a summary of frequently asked questions (FAQs) of Covid-19 vaccines shared by the Local Government and Housing minister, he said Sarawak would be getting the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.

“It has the efficacy (protection) of about 95 percent after 2 doses. This is already in use since December 2020 in USA, European Union, UK, Canada, Singapore and many other countries,” he said.

Dr Sim said the two doses of vaccine would be administered three weeks apart and injected into the upper arm of the recipient.

He said the vaccines would be made available at vaccine administration centres which set up throughout the state.

“Vaccination will be done under supervision of doctors and other healthcare workers with back up facilities for emergency,” he said.